DrnkMcDermott (2899) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Draft, Exchequer Pub, Chicago Loop. A great beer to find, and even better that they have a sign in their window to promote it. Though tapped by CO2, still had a nice pub pour with a cascading head. Tan foam starts off the very creamy taste & texture, and coats rather than laces the glass. A great smooth taste with a definite but not overpowering chocolate note in the swallow. Less harsh roast notes than a Guinness, with a nice hop note, too. Nice whiskey or peat smoke notes in the finish.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby with creamy, frothy, caramel head that rose over the lip of the glass. I couldn’t hardly wait. Aromas of chocolate and coffee, typical. Coffee and chocolate flavors, mainly coffee. It was smooth but the flavor gave way relatively quickly. It was thin and watery. Not at all what I expected.
thegreenrooster (3505) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 After almost 600 ratings there is not much left to say. Pours dark, aroma and flavor is of course chocolate. A very silky mouthfull is what makes this a better than average stout.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Similar to the Oatmeal Stout, but even chewier and better. This is like drinking dessert, but I wouldn’t have more than one in a sitting.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle poured into tulip: poured a dark dark brown (close to black) with a thick tan head, which dissipated quickly. roasty smell and chocolate of course, but nothing that will blow you away. pretty mellow. tastes of chocalte but only a hint, not very up front. double chocolate? barely single chocolate. pretty smooth mouthfeel. pretty tastey, but not very impressed. if i want a chocolate stout i'd go for a rogue's.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours the way a beer should. nice chocolate taste that is complimented by a good overall stout. A nice beer.
jew02 (16) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The dessert Guinness if you will. All the great qualities of Guinness with a chocolate flavor. If you like Guinness give this a try, if you don’t I would suggest it.
shadey (1987) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have tried other chocolate stouts and wasn’t impressed. As usual Young’s is above the rest of the crowd. This smell was enticing, the flavor was delicious, and it went down very smooth. This makes a great dessert.
Pailhead (5589) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Bottle: No doubt about the chocolate in the aroma. A slight coffee smell too, but mostly dominated by the chocolate. Appearance is very dark almost black. Nice tan creamy head that dies after a minute or so. Chocolate malt flavor is great. There’s a cream and coffee flavor too but it’s the chocolate that mostly stands out. Aftertaste is relatively short and suprise, it’s also chocolate. Great mouthfeel. I’ve never been a fan of dark beers, but this is incredible. Then again this is not your average dark beer. I know it’s early in my ratings, but I never thought a dark beer would ever top my list.
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
they really do add chocolate to it. Must be drunk last at meal end or at end of a session. Colour and chcoolate aroma. Its unique. But it doesn’t all quite blend together.